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​Why Choose Glasgow for Your Rented Office Space?

17 January 2018

If you’re looking for a new office in Scotland, why not choose Glasgow? With a population of 1,057,600, Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland, and the fourth biggest city in the UK. Stelmain has a fantastic range of offices to let in Glasgow and we’d like to take a few minutes to appreciate what’s so great about the city and why you should choose Glasgow for your rented office space!

Glasgow is the Friendliest City in the UK

Glasgow was voted the ‘friendliest city in the UK’ (with Newcastle upon Tyne in 2nd place) by a recent consumer panel at work.shop.play. The top spot for ‘friendliest city’ seems to move around depending on who’s carrying out the survey, but Glasgow scores consistently high in most surveys of this nature. Wherever you set up your office space, you’re going to have to live with the locals — and even hire a few — so it helps that Glasgow’s locals are as friendly as they come!

Glasgow is one of the top 15 cities in the UK for startup enterprises and small business growth in 2018, according to new research. Over the past seven years alone, the number of new private sector enterprises in Scotland has increased by more than 50%. Recent years have also seen a significant rise in demand for rented office space in Glasgow, with the digital technology industry cited as a key factor.

Could Glasgow be the perfect place for your office? We think so!

Nationwide Transport Links

Excellent nationwide transport links and an international airport less than 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre further add to Glasgow’s appeal for businesses of all sizes. The case for setting up a small business and renting office space in Glasgow is, therefore, very compelling for startups and entrepreneurs.

There’s a Steady Supply of Graduates

With three prestigious universities to its name, Glasgow produces a very steady supply of fresh graduates across every subject and discipline imaginable. The University of Glasgow is the city’s most prestigious university; it has a 5-star rating, and it is ranked 65th on the World University Rankings in 2018. However, Strathclyde University and Glasgow Caledonian University excel in technical subjects likes business, sports, and computing; their specialisation attracts students from all across the world. Of course, it’s better to hire people who have office experience, but it doesn’t hurt to have thousands of graduates each year looking for a good job fresh out of university!

The University of Glasgow - one of three Universities in the Glasgow area.

Glasgow has a Lower Cost of Living

Glasgow has a lower cost of living than Edinburgh and many other cities in the UK. This lower cost of living takes in everything from takeaway coffee to rent prices. Cost of living is always a mitigating factor for any business considering whether or not to set up an office in a city; it can affect the rent of the office space and the range of salaries your office staff will expect to be paid. Given the lower cost of living, choosing Glasgow over London, Manchester, or Edinburgh may save your business a lot of money in the long run.

Revolutionary Digital Infrastructure

Investment in revolutionary digital infrastructure has equipped the city with ultrafast internet connectivity, enabling businesses to achieve new levels of efficiency, productivity, and innovation.

As a result, Scotland’s reputation as a tech leader is firmly on the rise. In fact, the country’s tech sector is forecast to grow twice as fast as the economy overall—which will make it the fastest growing sector in Scotland by 2024. There’s never been a more opportune time to set up or grow a small business in Glasgow.

Green Space

According to Property Detective’s study, 32% of Glasgow is made up of green space (parks, woodland, grassy areas, etc). This makes Glasgow the second greenest city in the UK, next to Edinburgh. Green space has been proven to improve the city’s air quality, reduce stress of the inhabitants, increase the likelihood that inhabitants will exercise, and increase inhabitants sense of life satisfaction. Wherever you are in Glasgow, you’re never far away from a park or some kind of green space, and you and your employees can enjoy these areas in your lunch break or before and after work.

Kelvingrove Museum and Park is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.

Great Food

Lastly, it would be remiss of us to neglect to mention Glasgow’s incredible food. Nine-to-five office work can sometimes be tough, especially when it comes to figuring out what to eat for lunch each day. Glasgow takes food very seriously, and it has a vast array of healthy and not-so-healthy options for you and your employees to choose from, including an impressive vegetarian and vegan selection. In fact, Glasgow has more vegan restaurants per person than any other city in the UK! Access to good food is conducive to a happy office environment, and it’s another reason to choose Glasgow over other cities!

We hope we’ve convinced a few readers to consider Glasgow for their next rented office space. It’s a brilliant city, full of the friendliest people, thousands of graduates, green spaces, and great food —and all of this comes a little cheaper than most other big UK cities. Please get in touch with us here at Stelmain if you have any questions about our semi-serviced Glasgow office space. Make the next big step for your business today!

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